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BASF 3D Printing Solutions and Origin collaborate with Footwear Manufacturer ECCO

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BASF’s Ultracur3D photopolymer material series fully validated with Origin’s manufacturing-grade printer and platform

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Above: BASF’s Ultracur3D photopolymer material series fully validated with Origin’s manufacturing-grade printer and platform/Image Credit: BASF

BASF 3D Printing Solutions, a wholly owned subsidiary of BASF New Business GmbH, and its strategic partner Origin, an open-platform additive manufacturing printer provider are collaborating with ECCO, a footwear manufacturer to develop a completely new approach to footwear production.

The Danish ECCO Group, an innovative global manufacturer of high-quality footwear, is using the Origin platform with BASF’s Ultracur3D photopolymer materials at its R&D Centre in Denmark. The initial results demonstrate outstanding detail accuracy and mechanical stability with Origin’s unique programmable polymerization process (P3).

Origin’s goal, together with BASF 3D Printing Solutions (BASF 3DPS) and other/selected material partners, is to establish additive manufacturing as a suitable solution for mass production. Origin’s open platform coupled with BASF’s materials enables the sharpest-possible focus on end-customer applications to meet even the most challenging requirements.

Arnaud Guedou, Business Director Photopolymer Solutions, BASF 3DPS confirmed, “Origin’s newly developed printing system is optimally tuned for our innovative Ultracur3D photopolymer series. This enables end-users to achieve high processing speeds and a superb surface finish that reliably reproduces even the finest textures and ensures outstanding mechanical stability. We have worked shoulder to shoulder with our customers and know that we need to provide market-beating customized solutions in terms of surface finish, mechanical properties, price-per-part produced, and productivity. The combination of Origin’s technology with BASF’s materials is extremely promising, as the initial results and first functional prototypes of the collaboration clearly illustrate.”

The Ultracur3D product line by BASF 3DPS includes proven as well as newly developed photopolymers for use in various printing processes such as digital light processing, stereolithography, or with LCD equipment, and now with Origin’s P3 process. The suite of Ultracur3D products features excellent strength and impact resistance, high elasticity and impressive long-term UV stability. It is suitable for the production of prototypes as well as for mass production in practically all major industries.

Charlie Vestner, Senior Vice President Sales & Marketing, Origin explained, “Not only did we work closely with BASF to develop new materials, but also the additive manufacturing processes for each of them. In close consultation together we determined how we can achieve specific high-quality resolutions and process control that suit our customers and their applications perfectly. We offer customers unrivalled control over the printing process – not just in designing their product, but also in the sheer scope of design options it offers, meaning it can be tailored precisely to each specific application.”

According to Oleksandra Korotchuk, Business Development Manager, BASF 3DPS, “Origin is an ideal partner for BASF as they share our industry-leading quality standards. With their printing processes they are able to achieve consistent Class A surface finishes and exceptional resolution, while our materials contribute to ensuring long-term functional usage.”

BASF 3D Printing Solutions will be present at Origin‘s booth (#2153) during RAPID + TCT on Tuesday May 21, 2019 in Detroit. 


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